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More than 70 Nor­folk churches have had the lead on their roofs pro­tected by an in­no­va­tive ‘Roof Alarm Scheme’ launched just a year ago.

Over £250,000 was raised through a part­ner­ship be­tween the Bishop of Nor­wich, the Rt Rev Gra­ham James; Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Nor­folk, Lorne Green; Allchurche­s Trust; the Nor­folk Churches Trust and the Round Tower Churches So­ci­ety.

The ini­tial hope was to in­stall 50 alarms on church build­ings. How­ever, through gen­er­ous public do­na­tions over 70 alarms have been in­stalled on churches across the county.

The Bishop of Nor­wich, the Rt Rev Gra­ham James said: “We es­ti­mate that if lead had been stolen from all the churches that your gen­er­ous do­na­tions have been able to pro­tect it would have cost around £2.5 mil­lion.

“We hope that we can con­tinue to in­stall more alarms on churches so that we can pro­tect th­ese won­der­ful com­mu­nity spa­ces for peo­ple now and in the fu­ture.”

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